V/Line Incidents/Disruptions #2

 
  Carnot Minister for Railways

And yet another garbage Thursday morning due to an earlier trespasser at North Melbourne. It throws half the day out of whack for nearly everything. The network isn't very resilient.

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Not an incident or disruption but this evening's PM UP Swan hill sauntered in to Sunbury on a Clear, Medium Speed aspect which puzzled me a bit. Next thing I know we are slewed across to the Through track due to Metro having parked a Spark in the Up platform

This of course meant another slew back on to the Up Main on the Up side of the Gap Road LX.

I reckon that is a first for me on a loco hauled service which usually have the benefit of better pathing from Metrol than the DMUs do.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Not an incident or disruption but this evening's PM UP Swan hill sauntered in to Sunbury on a Clear, Medium Speed aspect which puzzled me a bit. Next thing I know we are slewed across to the Through track due to Metro having parked a Spark in the Up platform

This of course meant another slew back on to the Up Main on the Up side of the Gap Road LX.

I reckon that is a first for me on a loco hauled service which usually have the benefit of better pathing from Metrol than the DMUs do.
BrentonGolding
Good to hear, better than being held back behind the spark.

Shame that the track configuration doesn't allow Clear, Normal Speed on the through road.
IMO, terminating trains at through stations should always be clear of the Main.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Not an incident or disruption but this evening's PM UP Swan hill sauntered in to Sunbury on a Clear, Medium Speed aspect which puzzled me a bit. Next thing I know we are slewed across to the Through track due to Metro having parked a Spark in the Up platform

This of course meant another slew back on to the Up Main on the Up side of the Gap Road LX.

I reckon that is a first for me on a loco hauled service which usually have the benefit of better pathing from Metrol than the DMUs do.
Good to hear, better than being held back behind the spark.

Shame that the track configuration doesn't allow Clear, Normal Speed on the through road.
IMO, terminating trains at through stations should always be clear of the Main.
Lockspike
Hopefully this might be dealt with when Sunners is redone as part of the Gap Rd LX work?

Loco hauled services seem to get priority treatment, I assume because they want to keep them moving as they are slower and take longer to get up to speed from a stand than the DMUs hence they could hold up other more important (read Metro) services on the line

Hell, tonight they even held a Down spark on the run out of Sunshine for us to do the crossover onto the RRL. I seen it with my own eyes!!!
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Not an incident or disruption but this evening's PM UP Swan hill sauntered in to Sunbury on a Clear, Medium Speed aspect which puzzled me a bit. Next thing I know we are slewed across to the Through track due to Metro having parked a Spark in the Up platform

This of course meant another slew back on to the Up Main on the Up side of the Gap Road LX.

I reckon that is a first for me on a loco hauled service which usually have the benefit of better pathing from Metrol than the DMUs do.
Good to hear, better than being held back behind the spark.

Shame that the track configuration doesn't allow Clear, Normal Speed on the through road.
IMO, terminating trains at through stations should always be clear of the Main.
Hopefully this might be dealt with when Sunners is redone as part of the Gap Rd LX work?

Loco hauled services seem to get priority treatment, I assume because they want to keep them moving as they are slower and take longer to get up to speed from a stand than the DMUs hence they could hold up other more important (read Metro) services on the line

Hell, tonight they even held a Down spark on the run out of Sunshine for us to do the crossover onto the RRL. I seen it with my own eyes!!!
BrentonGolding
You are tempting them ................ Twisted Evil
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Spent a few hours at Newport today enjoying the open day.  V/line had a 3 car Velosette on display along with their "Connecting Victoria" marquee.

I thought about going over and giving them a piece of my mind but decided against it.

Connecting Victoria? Laugh. I nearly went to Ethiopia. Second Class of course! *

* with apologies to Alexei Sayle and The Young Ones
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
First week of the 2022 AFL season (so far with crowds!) and this evening's Up PM Swan Hill is canned.

The 5 car service replaced by a 3 car V/locity. And it's a Collingwood game. At Docklands. Gonna be a squeeze by Gizzy!

The seniors sitting next to me who bought First class upgrades at CME (and got charged full fare) are well impressed!

***edit, just noticed that the PIDS is saying Next station is Kerang!!! I thought that.......
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The cursed toll road project that is the West Gate Tunnel is going to result in the canning of several peak-hour train services, just as patronage is recovering:

https://www.vline.com.au/Service-Changes/Planned-Disruptions/2022/March/Bendigo-1-4-April

Transurban can go and jump in the Yarra.
  712M Chief Commissioner

Today I managed to catch the AM down Warrnambool and hard to believe, it ran on time!

I was travelling from Sunshine, with a paper ticket requiring me to catch the earlier Waurn Ponds VLocity service and change at Geelong as Warrnambool N sets run express Footscray - Geelong.

My gut instinct told me to catch a Metro train to Footscray and change there, which gave me more options if a connecting train was delayed or cancelled. My ticket did not cover me for travel into Zone 1 so a Myki was required.

As we sailed through Wyndham Vale on the N set, I noticed a 6 car VLocity shunting to the stabling yards, followed by a crowd of commuters loosing hope of getting to Geelong before 9am.

Sure enough, when I checked the V/Line app the  preceding service was terminated at Wyndham Vale due to a train fault.

So not a complaint from my end, but a timely reminder to trust your instincts.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
All V/Line trains on time and no cacellations today!
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
All V/Line trains on time and no cacellations today!
Donald
Yes, back to some sort of normality on the Bendy line too with the temporary time table gone along with the speed restrictions so things feel pretty sane - we even have a 3 carriage Up PM Swanners so normal service has resumed!

Had a laugh en route, we had a PT newbie board at Castlemaine this evening, jumped on the train not realising that it didn't stop at Woodend. He was waiting for the 16.49 but because there is only 20 minutes between the 2 he assumed it was running early (yeah, I know, right!)

Myself and another passenger coached him on changing trains at Gisborne and there was one due 5 minutes after us on the other platform so he will actually get to Woodend around 5 minutes earlier than he would have on the Velo but we couldn't make him understand that if we tried!
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Spoke too soon about TSRs, there is a rather severe TSR on the Up RRL line Up side of Sunshine station

Seems to be something to do with one of the BG crossovers, didn't catch what the board out of Sunshine said but felt like around 20 km/h

Anyone got the good oil?
  hbedriver Deputy Commissioner

The Sunshine TSR is due to wear in a K crossing. 40km/h.

Will be fixed before Monday.

Dunno which Monday
  Carnot Minister for Railways

This morning's Up Swan Hill never happened due to a train fault today. N456 sent up light engine to rescue it...
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: Torquay, Victoria
Still speed restrictions through it yesterday.

Had the great pleasure of catching the bus home to Geelong last night stopping all stations because the direct coaches were full and under resourced.

Back to London this weekend where they have half decent public transport. Melbourne really is a mess.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
So many V/Locities, so few drivers yet V/Line still can't find a way to run 2 x VL instead of the usual 1 when there are big AFL games on at the G or Marvel.

I'm going to need a can opener to get out at Footscray I reckon Laughing
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
So many V/Locities, so few drivers yet V/Line still can't find a way to run 2 x VL instead of the usual 1 when there are big AFL games on at the G or Marvel.

I'm going to need a can opener to get out at Footscray I reckon Laughing
BrentonGolding
Just yell loudly that you are unwell and going to vomit and you will have a clear path a mile wide. Smile
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
The 12 05 Albury train  has been canceled the last two days due to a train fault.  As a passenger noted yesterday it's a new train. As a conductor said  " but it is a Velocity"
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Great run on the Up Swan Hill this evening. The service arrived pretty much on time into Castlemaine which is a bit of a rarity but was stood at the platform for more than 5 minutes after some idiot activated the wheelchair help button by leaning his bag against it and then sat there trying to connect to the internet without noticing...

Anyway after I had apologised profusely to the Connie we had what felt like a full line speed run into Footscray. It was a joy to behold after some of the trips I have had recently.

I reckon me delaying the service gave it the perfect window for that run. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself! Embarassed
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
How could anyone be so stup  er, um, so unlucky as to be attacked by a rogue press-button.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
How could anyone be so stup  er, um, so unlucky as to be attacked by a rogue press-button.
Valvegear
As Al from Happy Days would say "Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep......"

I have to go and pick up some pallets in Brooklyn on Monday and steel caps are a requirement to enter the site. So I packed my RedBacks into a Woolies bag and hooked them over the handle of my travel case.

The train was PACKED so when I spied a spot on the Yellow seats in between the toilet wall and a family's holiday baggage I grabbed it, shoved my case against the wall and got out the laptop.

The steel caps did the rest.......
  Djebel Chief Train Controller

As Al from Happy Days would say "Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep......"
BrentonGolding
I thought the Martians from Sesame Street said that Laughing.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
BG

'Fined 10 shillings. Cautioned and warned that any future offence will result in more severe disciplinary action. A record of this offence has been recorded on your MYKI Card.'

(Another reason never to register your MYKI Card.) Smile
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
BG

'Fined 10 shillings. Cautioned and warned that any future offence will result in more severe disciplinary action. A record of this offence has been recorded on your MYKI Card.'

(Another reason never to register your MYKI Card.) Smile
YM-Mundrabilla
Ah, that's where I went wrong - I have a registered MYKI Card!!!!!!!
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
A source who keeps on eye on these things suggests that all Albury services have been bustituted yesterday and today with the usual lame excuses.

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